He was always in hurry, either it was the ‘Mile track’ or the ‘HS’ he always hurried to.. I was a Khyberian and he an Eftikharian, I always saw him hurrying in the OTS and remained astonished that why on earth he could lead the ‘frog-jumping’ and ‘front-rolling’ platoon or trying to ‘dig oil’ out of soil on drill-staff’s Command? Why couldn’t he dodge such useless activities like all of us? Why couldn’t he hide in the dark during ‘punishment parade’ instead of running zealously between the trees as if he is competing for ‘final mile test’… he was a ‘Proper a_ _ hole’ as his platoon called him.. he didn’t dodge, he couldn’t in fact, how could he? He was made as ‘proper’, a unique specimen in his chemistry, he couldn’t copy others, whenever he tried to dodge-out, he was caught…. So, he
We both landed in ‘10 Stars’ battalion together, I a ‘dodger’ and he a ‘Proper’ the nature must have also laughed on this combo. His hasten continued after ‘Passing out’ too, on every step he was found hurrying … hurriedly he walked, hurriedly he ran, hurriedly he ate, hurriedly he married, hurriedly ran towards his career goal and hurriedly he died! … all of a sudden everything fell…. The world he was creating for his loving family came down with a blast……
That idiotic driver who came suddenly on highway from a small link road near DG Khan couldn’t realize what a precious gem he took away not only from the family or from a ‘ladla beta’ Haseeb , but also from the ‘10 Stars’, from Sanjwaal village and from Pak Army.
He an expert driver, tried to save the careless driver but his time was up, the PATSO on the ‘Finish Point’ blew the whistle…. And… thud.. thud… thud… the land cruiser toppled, dragged and dropped many yards down off the road. Then….. his handsome smile faded…. His beautiful eyes closed ….. his brilliant and undimmed brain died on the spot whereas the kind heart stopped 3rd day…..
That was the end of Lt Col. Zanfar Khan…. But only in this world, You sure must be speeding ‘up there’ as well……. ‘And Do not consider them as dead! They are alive but you do not have the understanding!’ …. Zanfar is a martyr, I am sure ALLAH has placed him in a special billet where special people house….
It is unbelievable that four years have passed since you left us ZULU! your family misses you, the 10 Stars miss you, we all miss you, I miss you… whenever, I need the best advice I miss you… whenever I need to throw my heart out I miss you … whenever, I need to joke, laugh and fete I miss you…
Dear Zanfar! May ALLLAH bless you with all eternal rewards in Heaven and give all those pleasures to your family you hurriedly worked towards, during your short life, Ameen!
Like we always wished each other a good bye, “See you soon, bro! ”…….